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5th annual Saskatoon Women’s March goes virtual amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Saskatoon’s fifth annual Women’s March is going online this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The rally, inspired by 2017 Women’s March in Washington, will include a talk on women’s mental health, led by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Saskatoon branch.

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Organizers say many women have taken on the brunt of extra work during the pandemic.

“There’s been so many reports (about) a lot of women leaving their careers in order to take care of their children, and have taken on additional duties,” said Saskatoon Women’s March spokesperson Kate Lardner.

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“We really wanted to take a moment and recognize what women have done throughout the pandemic and give them a space to talk about it, talk about their experience, what hardships there have been, what strategies that have found to get through it.”

The virtual march is Monday, starting at 7 p.m.

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